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21. What did Moses say of God when he blessed the children of Israel before his death?
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (33 Deu. 27.)
22. Did the Psalmist rejoice in God as his refuge in trouble?
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (46 P. 1.)
23. Are our comforts and our sorrows dependant on the sovereign will of God?
When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only. (34 Job 29.)
24. How does Isaiah refer to the compassion of our gracious Saviour?
In all their affliction, he was afflicted; and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. (63 Is. 9.)
25. Did Christ suffer severely on earth?
It pleased the Lord to bruise him: he hath put him to grief. (53 Is. 10.)
26. Was he destitute of common earthly comforts ?
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (8 Mt. 20.)
27. Did Christ repeatedly tell his disciples of his approaching sufferings and death?
Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. (20 Mt. 18, 19.)
28. How did Christ -declare his submission when he endured his severe agony in the Garden?
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done. (22 Lk. 42.)
The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? (18 Jn. 11.)
29. How did Christ address the good women who followed him to Calvary?
Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. (23 Lk.28.)
30. Christ having on his cross shewed his compassion to his enemies, the dying thief, and his mother-how did he close his life of affliction ?
He said, It is finished. And he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (19 Jn. 30.)
31. Are we invited to contemplate a once suffering but now exalted Saviour ?
We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man: for it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (2 Heb. 9, 10.)
32. Are Christians called to be partakers of Christ's sufferings?
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Pet. 4. 12, 13.)
33. How are they required to bear afflictions and persecutions ?
If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf-Let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1. Pet. 4. 16, 19.)
Prayer against--Others have been tempted-Christ was
tempted— Blessings to those who overcome-Danger of yielding to temptation—God can deliver.
1. How does Christ teach us to pray against temptation?
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (6 Mt. 13.)
2. Are our temptations similar to those which others have suffered?
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (I. Cor. 10. 13.)
3. Why should the consideration of Christ as our HighPriest encourage us?
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (2 Heb. 18.)
4. What blessing awaits him who overcomes temptation ?
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (1 Jas. 12.)
5. If we yield to temptation, do we place ourselves in a most guilty and dangerous situation?
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (1 Jas. 13, 14, 15.)
6. Who can deliver us?
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. (II. Pet. 2.9.)
7. What did Christ promise the Philadelphian church? I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation. (3 Rev. 10.) 8. What is our security against the deceits of Satan?
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (6 Eph. 11.)
9. Are we commanded to resist the devil?
Resist the devil, and he will fee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (4 Jas. 7, 8.)
XIV. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE
Character and happiness of the righteous-Character and
misery of the wicked-God's regard to the righteous, and his anger against the wicked.
1. How does Solomon contrast the path of the just and the wicked?
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day; the path of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble. (4 Pr. 18, 19.) 2. In what manner does the sinner 6,
mourn at last?" How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised“reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me. (5 Pr. 12, 13.)
3. Is one sinner very injurious ?
4. Are the small possessions of the righteous preferable ta the great wealth of the wicked?
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. (37 P. 16.)
5. Who is the most courageous ?
The wicked Aee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (28 Pr. 1.)
6. Does God distinguish between the righteous and the wicked?
The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (1 P. 6.)
7. How does God in prophecy describe the character of his divine Son?
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness. (45 P.7. and I Heb. 9.)
8. Is God continually angry with the wicked?
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day; if he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (7 P. 11, 12.)
9. How does God regard the sacrifice of the wicked, and the
prayer of the righteous ? The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (15 Pr. 8.)
10. How does God warn the wicked?
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (1 Is. 16.)
11. How does God command his prophet to address the righteous and the wicked?
Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (3 Is. 10, 11.)